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Birney Imes: Tupelo honey at the Silver Spur

Posted 4/11/2009 in Local Columns

Last summer at the farmers’ market I asked George Dyson if tupelo trees grow this far north. George, one of the market regulars, is the grizzled fellow usually on the north end of the market with a beard and the tattered “I (heart) Bikinis” baseball cap. He sells bowls and cooking utensils he crafts from native woods such as bois d’arc, oak and sassafras.

Steve Mullen: The girls arrive; the party begins

Posted 4/8/2009 in Local Columns

We’ve covered some ground. Lee and the two girls, ages 7 and 9, are here for Spring Break, their first time in Columbus, in advance of moving here from California after the school year ends. I’ve received lots of suggestions on how to keep them occupied; we’ll never cover it all but we’re off to a good start.

 

Just do it: Cigarette tax increase would offer much needed revenue; would offset car tag increase

Posted 4/8/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The state Legislature shouldn’t be faulted for delaying adoption of the state budget as it awaits more information about how to spend the federal economic stimulus money Mississippi is getting. But, to say the least, it’s alarming the House and Senate have been unable to agree on how much to raise the cigarette tax.

 

 

This too shall pass

My name is Mary. I first would like to say hello. I would like to share my testimony with you and pray that it helps and encourages you. I am a dialysis patient. I started dialysis in July 1982. I am 46 years old. I have seen many come and go, and the Lord has blessed me these many years to be here through much suffering and pain.

 

 

Appreciates efforts of Grillin’ organizers

Oh behalf of the City of Columbus, all of our local and elected officials and community leaders, “Thank You” for coming out and supporting this year’s “Grilling on the River ‘09.” We were thrilled that you chose to join us in celebrating one of our “Very Own” events.

 

Birney Imes: Uncovering another local hero

Posted 4/4/2009 in Local Columns

Glenn Lautzenhiser and Rufus Ward are at it again. The two local cultural preservationists have, in the past year or so, organized memorial events for native sons who have been titans in their field, sports broadcaster Red Barber and boxer Henry Armstrong.

Roses and thorns 4-5-09

Posted 4/4/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Homeowners participating in Columbus’ 69th annual Pilgrimage, Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, Chuck Yarborough and his charges at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Main Street Columbus and Charlie the Owl of Starkville

Steve Mullen: Two days and counting

Posted 4/1/2009 in Local Columns

It’s D-Day minus two. My wife, Lee, and our two kids are coming in for a visit Friday night, and preparations have begun.

 

We’re glad you’re here

Posted 3/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

It’s Pilgrimage time, which means visitors far and wide will descend on the Friendly City, filling up our bed-and-breakfasts and hotels and touring the city to see what we’re all about.

 

 

Child rearing

I grew up in the 1950’s 2-1/2 miles West of Brooksville, and everybody around, black and white, knew every other family’s children, aunts, etc. Even the families who lived in the town here felt a sense of security concerning public safety. Children were allowed to go anywhere in the towns they wanted. Their parents always knew where they were and what they were doing. If we got into mischief our parents knew it before we got home, and appropriate punishment often awaited us. Respect for and fear of the law was much greater in the days of “Leave it to Beaver” and “Andy Griffith”

 

 

School programs cause for optimism

We all have heard of the No-Child-Left-Behind Law introduced during The Bush administration. Unfortunately the program was left behind; children are not getting the early education they need to inspire them to want to learn and enjoy school.

 

 

Supports Matt Cox for Starkville mayor

I was raised in Starkville, attended Starkville Public Schools and also taught Art at Starkville High School during the 2003-2004 school year until budget cuts forced faculty reductions in the art program.

 

 

High school annuals

The Local History Room at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is sending out a call for donations of Lowndes County High School annuals to fill in the gaps in the current collection of Lowndes County yearbooks.

 

 

Other sources of history

The caption on Friday’s cover page read “Discover the Past.”

 

 

Clean sweep

Amazed. That is the best word we can use to describe how The Link’d Young Professionals group feels after our first Clean Sweep Columbus. The weather may not have been perfect but we pushed forward and made the best of our day. We would like to thank everyone who participated. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we were able to make Columbus shine and look its best. Without the tremendous support we received from our local elected officials, local businesses, and the overwhelming support of you, the community, this event would not have been possible.

 

Roses and thorns 3-29-09

Posted 3/28/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Happy Irby, Columbus Police Department, Jasmine Murray, Starkville, Chris Jenkins and Lenore Prather

Birney Imes: Of ballparks and buffalo

Posted 3/28/2009 in Local Columns

According to Roger Short, the jury’s still out on the site selection for the proposed sportsplex. Someone called earlier in the week to say word on the street is that the decision has been made, that it will be Burns Bottom.

 

Toilet paper roads

Regarding pavement in Columbus: Two of the most traveled roads in Columbus and Lowndes County are Waverley Ferry and Lincoln roads. These are the back roads to Wal-Mart and a short cut to Highway 50 to West Point. There are hundreds of vehicles daily on these roads; now the big Army trucks are traveling both to and from West Point to Waters Truck & Tractor for service on Waverley Ferry Road.

 

 

Cheap shot

The comments of Mark Killebrew in Tuesday’s paper is a cheap shot. At one time he was on the committee for Roast n' Boast, but he is no longer a part.

 

 

Thanks, Harvey

Once again Harvey Myrick and his crew of hard workers have given Columbus another “star.” The event was well planned, certainly well attended, and enjoyed by all ages!

 

 

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